Volland Shines as 1860 End Ingolstadt’s Unbeaten Run
Bundesliga 2nd Division Final: 1860 Munich 4, FC Ingolstadt 1
Allianz Arena, Munich, April 21 – FC Ingolstadt’s incredible 14-match unbeaten league run came to end on Saturday. Kevin Volland opened the scoring for 1860 with a composed finish in the 22nd minute. That lead lasted 10 minutes before Stefan Leitl beat Gabor Kiraly to level the match. 1-1 the half-time score.
Stefan Aigner bundled home to put The Lions back ahead 3 minutes after the restart when the ball surprised him at the back post and went in off his chest.
The pick of the bunch was a 25-yard left-footed pile-driver from Dominik Stahl to extend the hosts’ lead to 3-1 on the hour mark.
Good work by substitute Daniel Halfar enabled Aigner to turn provider for Volland’s second when the 19-year old striker rounded the goalkeeper and was left with an easy tap-in 14 minutes before time.
Another beautifully sunny Saturday afternoon greeted supporters for this derby game. Predicting the outcome of the game was a tough one for fans and the fact that “Die Schanzer” were unbeaten all year added an extra flavour the tie.
The first 20 minutes offered little in attractive football and the game had started to feel like it’d be played out to a goalless draw. Ingolstadt had a few half-chances early on and played patient build-up from the back. 1860 like to rush an early goal and so did their best to pressure the visitors. Their defence held up well and made it difficult for The Lions to create chances for themselves.
Just as fans were starting to lose interest and reach for their mobile phones, Antonio Rukavina lifted a deep cross up and towards Volland at the back post. The offside flag stayed down and Volland cooly side footed he ball on the volley and across the keeper to give the home fans something to cheer and woke the game up a bit.
10 minutes later parity was restored when a low shot from outside the area by Leitl crept passed the outstretched hand of Kiraly, diving to his left. It was a good finish and now the game was really on. Benny Lauth and Maximilian Nicu both missed good scoring opportunities toward the end of the first half so the scoreline remained at one each going into the break.
The second half got off to a fabulous start for 1860 although luck definitely played it’s part in proceedings. A corner for 1860 was swung into the 6-yard box and made it’s way to the far post. Defender Necat Aygun who signed a 2 year contract to remain at the club this week, looked odds-on to tap it into the net. Somehow he missed it completely but fortunately Aigner was on hand to let the ball hit his chest and rebound over the line to put 1860 back ahead.
The Lions’ third goal was something special. Stahl, operating in central midfield capitalised on a poor clearance and played a one-two with Volland. The return ball was perfectly weighted for Stahl to give a hammer blow with his left foot and send it into the bottom right corner. A “Goal of the Month” contender for sure.
“I haven’t scored a goal for a very long time,” said Stahl after the match. “It was a very big win, a very important win and so we’re all very happy, especially me with a goal.”
There were more encouraging signs for the Munich club when within two minutes of coming off the bench, Halfar, after going close moments earlier released Aigner who had made a run into the box. The Eintracht Frankfurt-bound winger rolled the ball back to Volland, waiting in support, to round the keeper and tap into an empty net. That nicely rounded off a fantastic afternoon for the blue and white half of Munich.
Evidence of how Ingolstadt had stayed unbeaten for so long was clearly missing. Clumsy in defence and void of any serious attacking prowess they made 1860 look like Barcelona, who incidentally are favourites to be playing at this very same stadium in the Champions League Final in four weeks time.
Volland was very happy with his two goals which makes him the outright leading goal getter at the club thus far. “It’s a good feeling for me to score 2 goals and it was great for the team. It’s a great derby win.”
The two remaining games are a tough match at Eintracht Frankfurt and then a home fixture with Alemannia Aachen on the final day of the season.